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Clarets Appoint Jolley As U21 Manager

8 July 2014

Burnley Football Club is delighted to welcome Michael Jolley as the new U21 Team Manager at Turf Moor.

Jolley began his coaching career at Crystal Palace in 2003 before moving on four years later and going on to gain valuable experience at Nottingham Forest, Falkirk, Lincoln City and most recently, Crewe Alexandra.

And the 37-year-old, who is one of just sixteen coaches globally to hold the FA Elite Coaches Award, is looking forward to helping nurture the future Turf talent.

He said: “I’m really excited to get started, it’s obviously a great time to be joining the club with them going towards the Premier League.

“There is a lot of good work going on underneath that so I’m looking forward to it.

“Working at Crewe Alexandra who are renowned for bringing through young talent under someone like Dario Gradi is a fantastic experience for any young coach.

“I certainly learnt a lot from working there and hopefully I can apply some of the things I have learnt there here at Burnley.

“They had a good year last year but the group changes and it is a new group this that we’ve got to work with this year.

“Andy, Jason Blake and Terry Pashley did great work last season and I’m just going to try and make a contribution to that.

“We want to do well in the competitions again but really it is about players making the transition from the U21 setup into the first-team squad.”
His move to the Clarets’ will see him working under current Academy Manager Jason Blake.
Blake added: "The appointment of a coach of Michael's outstanding calibre is a signal of how dedicated Burnley Football Club are to producing their own players.
"Michael brings with him a wealth of knowledge having joined us from Crewe's highly successful Academy.
"During the interview process Michael delivered a professional and very inspiring vision for the Under 21 age group, presenting a meticulous strategy for bridging the gap into the first team squad.
"Having passed the inaugural FA Elite Coaches Award, Michael is at the forefront on coaching methodologies and teaching practices.
"Michael's experience will also be shared with the Academy coaches, where he will assist in the on-going development and delivery of an internal Academy Coach Education Programme."
After his time at Selhurst Park, Jolley spent a year at Nottingham Forest before moving north of the border to take on the role of High Performance Football Coach at the University of Stirling.

And after guiding the University team to 3rd place in their debut season in the East of Scotland league, he also began working as academy coach at Falkirk.

He was then appointed Head Coach of the Scotland Universities team before leaving both roles in 2009.

More recently, Blue Square Premier side Lincoln City appointed the former Barnsley youth player as their First Team Coach and it was in 2012 that Jolley joined Crewe Alexandra FC. 

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